Panel and Paper Accepted for ISA 2012 in San Diego

September 25, 2011

I am thrilled to report that I will be attending next year’s annual International Studies Association Conference in San Diego as a panel chair and presenter. This conference brings me full circle from my first ISA conference in San Diego in 2006, when I was doing my Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia, to what I hope will be my final year as a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University in Chicago.

The panel, entitled “Nationalism, International Recognition, and Domestic Legitimacy,” will will take place on the first day of the conference, Sunday, April 1, at 1:45 p.m. Participants include senior and junior scholars as well as advanced graduate students who have an interest in the place of nationalism in global and domestic politics. My paper, “Security or Identity? State and Homeland in Israeli Politics and Public Opinion” will draw on the research I have been conducting over the last year in Israel. I have included abstracts for the panel and my own paper after the jump. My colleagues’ abstracts can be viewed through the ISA conference website panel link here.

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At War with the “Peace Index”

November 22, 2010

peace-index

Okay, so the title is a bit of an exaggeration, but it captured your interest didn’t it? In an effort to collect a wide range of reliable longitudinal survey data of Israeli public opinion, I have been grabbing data from a number of fantastic sources around the web.

Among them are Israel Democracy Institute’s Israeli Democracy Index, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University’s impeccable public opinion survey reports, and Tel Aviv University’s War and Peace Index published by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research (TSC).  The former two institutes have put out a number of reports, many of which offer a range of longitudinal data in single reports. In short, I only have to read a document or two to get an understanding of the full range of their data.

By contrast, rather than offering any kind of composite report, the Peace Index lists its reports monthly from 1994-2009. While the site lists which questions are a permanent part of the index, they do not tell you which reports include responses to these questions. So let’s do the math. For a span of 16 years at 12 months a year, that equals 192 individual reports.

In order to compile data, I have had to go through each document, primarily in Hebrew, select out the questions in which I am interested, and individually record each and every data point. If you’ve ever wondered why professors hire research assistants, here is your answer. 5 hours in, I have only made my way through four years of data. If I stay on track, it should only take me another 15 hours to get through the rest.

I hope the data is ultimately worth the effort. Smile with tongue out

update (11/10/2011): Almost a year later, having poured over the data and produced numerous analyses that you can now find all over this blog, I can say with absolute certainty that yes, it was worth the effort.